Monday, June 24, 2019

{My Parties} Air Force Retirement Party

It's the perfect time of year to share this fun, patriotic retirement party!
The honoree for this party is an Air Force pilot who was retiring from service after 20 years of service. The weather for this party was ceiling and visibility unlimited! It was held on Memorial Day weekend, which is the perfect time to celebrate Lt. Col Wells on his years of service to our country.

The invitations and printables were designed by Hometown Design Co. I love how they turned out!

We decorated inside and outside for the guests. The hosts' lovely home has the perfect area for outside entertaining on this lovely arbor-covered patio. I wanted to use the arbor for hanging decor, so we hung a variety of red, white, and blue lanterns from the top. Then, using a patriotic roll of tablecloth from Hobby Lobby, I created a DIY bunting and draping by simply using a push pin to secure the cloth right into the wood of the arbor. 

Outside, I did 5 48" round tables and alternated red and blue cloths. On each, I put a runner of the opposite color that I picked up at Hobby Lobby 40% off at from their July 4th stock.
Simple white chairs were the perfect seating option. 

For each centerpiece, we went with a simply DIY of grocery store flowers, which my mother-in-law arranged for me, in clear containers. Each one had photos of Lt. Col Well's career inserted into the arrangements with paper straws. 

We kept our main dessert table indoors, due to the Memphis heat. Since we had an all-buttercream cake, it was better safe than sorry. 
I wanted a big "wow" moment when guests walked in though, so I did a big patriotic balloon installation over the table. 

Our dessert table was filled with custom sugar cookies by Sugaroo Sweets, churro shots by Simply Delicious Catering (the savory food was a taco bar), and a beautiful buttercream cake by Mad Lily Cakery. 

These cookies were so beautiful. The client requested that there was a Lt. Colonel insignia and Sugaroo Sweets nailed it. I also loved the airbrushing behind the plane, which matched the invitations. 

The gorgeous cake by Mad Lily Cakery was the centerpiece. I added his f-16 in the form of a toy airplane on the top. We had to get that in there!

The background is a patriotic fabric that I found at Joann. It's an abstract star pattern. Over that, I hung a simple banner with his call sign. 

I do what to know what he did to get the Durden call sign. It's especially interesting knowing that you don't pick your call sign, it's picked for you!
There were more banners on the fireplace as well. 

For our favor area, we kept it simple but fun by doing these customized tumblers for the guests. I added all his squadrons onto the cups. This is something that the guests can use every day around the house! I know we drink out of these kind of cups all the time. 

Congratulations Lt. Col Wells!

Cookies: Sugaroo Sweets
Catering: Simply Delicious Catering
Cake: Mad Lily Cakery
Invitations and Printables: Hometown Design Co. 
Customized Tumblers:
Event Design, Balloon Installation, and Photos: GreyGrey Designs

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

{My Parties} Girls' Garden Graduation

This year's graduation was so busy! This particular party was early in the season, and it was for three cute girls who sing together in their school's voice performance group. They were very clear that they wanted something unlike the other grad parties that they attended, so we came up with this romantic Garden theme with a palette of soft grey, coral, mint, and a touch of pink. I love a unique theme. 

The party was held at a cute little barn venue where a family rents their space to small events. It's called Clark Barn and it's adorable. They guests were welcomed to the party with fun custom cornhole boards. I ordered these as raw wood and spray painted them to match the theme of the party. Each girl had her own set to take with her to college for tailgating. I love the idea of these feminine corn hole boards in mint, pink, and rose gold. 

It turned out to be a rainy Sunday, so we had to scrap some of the decor we had planned outside, but I did get to hang these fun mylar script letters that I painted coral to match the theme. 

Inside, I knew I wanted to utilize the high ceilings and beams, so I created these hanging hula hoops that I spray painted with rose gold paint and added flowers to. The front ones were simple and the back ones had photos of the girls' friendship over the years.
These are an easy DIY. All it takes is some spray paint, hot glue, flowers, and ribbon and they make a big impact at your party!

I love the softness of these mint green tablecloths. It's a little hard to tell the color from these phone photos, because my real camera ran out of battery that day!

The guest tables had two different centerpieces. The first was a loose grouping of flowers in mason jars and small bud vases. You can do this yourself with grocery store flowers! I used hydrangeas, bells of Ireland, Dusty Miller, and pink roses. 

The second centerpiece was created to echo the design of the hula hoop hangings. I bought large embroidery hoops and glued wood blocks to the bottom for stability. Then, added florals. And the girls all took one home. 

For the main dessert table, the girls definitely wanted a donut wall. So, to make it garden themed, I attached these silk flowers to the side, to make it look like the entire thing was blooming. 
Then, using my Cricut, I added the girls' names in rose gold vinyl. And, based upon their inspiration photos and Pinterest board, I added dream catchers to give it a slightly boho vibe. 

The girls wanted a popcorn bar, so I displayed three different flavors for the guests to snack on along with their cookies and macarons.  Popcorn bars have been very popular this spring with my grad parties. 

I love these gorgeous cookies that Sugaroo Sweets designed for me. I can't get over the level of detail! Too pretty to eat!  Each girl had her initial and then we did some Class of 2019 ones too. 

Each side of the dessert table also had a 36" balloon, trailing ivy instead of ribbon, to five it that garden feel. These were supposed to be outside, but since it rained, they made perfect book ends for the dessert table. 

Beth Kruse Custom Creations designed us the most beautiful invitations and banners for the girls. How dreamy are these?

Each girl had her own gift and memory table, and I put one of Beth's banners on each table to signify each girl's area. 

In the archway to the kitchen, I hung a Class of 2019 banner as well. 

Congratulations Mady, Lexy, and Sarah!

Printables and Invitations: Beth Kruse Custom Creations
Donuts: Gibson's Donuts
Unpainted Cornhole Boards: All American Tailgate
Cookies: Sugaroo Sweets
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